14 Nights - England & Scotland
14 Nights - England & Scotland
This tour can be taken any time of the year. Starting/finishing in London, ticking all the main sights on route. We can organise your transfers and London accommodation too.
Tour England’s notable landmarks such as Stonehenge, Fountains Abbey, Chatsworth House, the Roman Baths and Hadrian’s Wall.
Visit Cotswold villages, Lake District, Peak District and the Scottish Highlands for breathtaking views.
Overnight in buzzing cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh. We can even organise a night’s stay in a castle.
Learn about historic periods such the Neolithic and Bronze Age, the era of Romans, Scottish clan history and the Iron Age. From Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth to William Shakespeare and the Tudors… this trip is for history and cultural enthusiasts.
Your Tour Details
Day 1. Windsor Castle and Stonehenge.
Visit Windsor Castle, a working palace. Home to the Queen and the largest and oldest continuously inhabited castle in the world.
Enjoy a private guided tour of the mysterious site of Stonehenge. This ancient temple was built around 5,000 years ago, making it older than the pyramids of Egypt.
Day 2. Stourhead, Old Wardour Castle and the Roman Baths.
Stourhead House is regarded as being one of Europe’s greatest landscaped gardens, featuring grottos, lakes and temples on a grand scale.Old Wardour Castle is isolated, forgotten and great fun to get lost in! Your guide will explain the fascinating history of this very unusual place.
Tour the ancient Roman Baths. Built over 2,000 years ago, the Romans harnessed the hot local springs and were able to engineer a magnificent complex of plunge pools, steam rooms and saunas. End your visit to Bath with a visit to the impressive abbey.
Day 3. Cotswold and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Take a journey through England’s timeless countryside. Visit the village of Burford and Chipping Campden which are lined with antique shops and tearooms. Stop at the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter and visit the old mill to pick up a souvenir.
Arrive at the market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the famous poet and playwright, William Shakespeare. Visit Anne Hathaway’s cottage, the marital home of Shakespeare. Stop by Holy Trinity Church which is where the famous writer was baptised and buried.
Day 4. Peak District and Chatsworth House.
Tour the Peak District National Park. We see the patchwork countryside that makes English countryside famous. Caves, Iron Age hill top forts, delightful towns and villages characterize this region.
See Chatsworth House, the palatial home of the Dukes of Devonshire, featuring the grandest of landscaped gardens with maze, sunken gardens, and the 290ft jet of the emperor fountain. Chatsworth’s gardens have been used as a film location for the film of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’.
Overnight: Lake District.
Day 5. The Lakes and Beatrix Potter.
There is more to the Lakes District than its world famous natural environment. There are many towns and villages to explore, whether nestled in valleys or on the side of a lake. Coniston, Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere each have their own story to tell.
Beatrix Potter’s Gallery at Hawkshead contains original artwork of her most famous drawings and watercolours. Also on display are some of Beatrix’s personal possessions. Visit Hill Top Farm, the home of Beatrix, purchased after the success of the Tales of Peter Rabbit.
Overnight: Lake District.
Day 6. Hadrian’s Wall and Transfer to Glasgow.
Tour Hadrian’s Wall. The wall is 73 miles long and whilst a large portion still stands, it would have run from the western shore to the east, now known as the Central Belt. Despite efforts, they failed to permanently triumph over the northern territories. Once the Romans finally abandoned their cause it became a ruin and the stone taken to be used elsewhere. The Housesteads Roman Fort is the most famous site along the wall, also the Birdoswald Roman Fort which is the longest continuous stretch of the wall.
Day 7. Tour of Glasgow.
Scotland’s largest city was once a major centre of shipbuilding. Despite its industrial heritage, the city has a large collection of museums and galleries and more green space per head than any other European city.
Day 8. Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond, Inveraray Castle and Jail.
Made up of mountains, forests, rivers and lochs, the Trossachs National Park is a miniature version of the Highlands with historic connections to Rob Roy. The Corbetts mountains are between 2,500 and 3,000 feet, break the horizon in a zigzag manner.
The Gothic stone castle of Inveraray sits alone surrounded by 16 acres of greenery. Episodes of Downton Abbey were partly filmed at Inveraray Castle.
Within the town is Inveraray Jail, a 19th century prison with 3 foot thick walls. The jail holds 4345 former prisoner records, so there are many stories to be told by the costumed characters walking around the jail.
Overnight: Fort William.
Day 9. Glen Nevis & Glen Coe, Blair Castle and Whisky Distillery.
Home of the Earls of Atholl since the 13th century, Blair Castle is situated in a beautiful wooded valley. The 30 state rooms contain a unique collection of furniture and armoury. The Cummings Tower is the oldest and tallest part of the castle, making it a historic landmark.
In the afternoon, Visit Edradour Distillery. The surviving farmhouse distillery opened in 1825 and is the smallest distillery in Scotland. With everything made by hand, the distillery produced eighteen casks a week.
Day 10. St Andrew’s and Kingdom of Fife.
The last day takes us through Dunkeld, the ancient religious capital of Scotland and out to the Kingdom of Fife. Discover the home of golf, St Andrews. Visit this ancient university town steeped in history with its amazing silver sands.
Travel south through the coastal fishing villages with their own unique beauty. Cross the Firth and see perfect views of the Forth Rail Bridge, thought by many to be among the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century.
Day 11. Walking Tour of Edinburgh.
Tour the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Palace was once the home of Mary, Queen of Scots and was the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short life. The state-of-the-art Queen’s Gallery opened in 2002, which enable exhibitions of the most delicate works from the Royal Collection to be shown. Enjoy a walking tour of the famous Royal Mile with your guide - cobbled streets, tiny shops, mysteries and the stories of Scotland’s great figures of literature.
Enjoy a walking tour up the famous Royal Mile with your guide - cobbled streets, tiny shops, mysteries and the stories of Scotland’s great figures of literature.
Tour Edinburgh Castle, dominating Edinburgh’s skyline and giving stunning views across the city and countryside. Home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the legendary Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg, a giant cannon. Leave the Old Town and explore the New Town. Visit the Georgian house, built in the late 18th century and furnished as it would have been in 1796, presenting a fascinating insight into the past.
Day 12. Bamburgh Castle, views of Lindisfarne and Alnwick Castle.
Bamburgh Castle was built as a fortress high on a cliff overlooking the sea, still remains a formidable structure today. The beautiful and remote Northumberland coast can be viewed from the castle walls.
Also known as Holy Island, Lindisfarne is cut off from the mainland by the twice-daily tide. The monastery was founded in 635 AD by Irish monks and was an important centre of early Christianity. With the right tide time, see the sea cover the only road to and from the island.
Home for 700 years to the Dukes of Northumberland, Alnwick Castle was built to protect the border with Scotland.The State Rooms contain generations of furniture and artwork. The Percy Tenantry Museum and Fusiliers Museum shows a collection of war memorabilia such as weapons, paintings and uniforms. The castle has a type of dungeon called an oubliette which only has one trapdoor; a secret nightmare for the ill-fated.
Alnwick Castle appears in all the Harry Potter films, one noticeable scene is the quidditch lesson in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The castle also appears in a scene from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Day 13. Yorkshire Dales, Fountains Abbey and Castle Howard.
Tour the Yorkshire Dales National Park, ‘James Herriot Country’. Pass villages such Hawes and stop for photos in the valleys and mountains tops.
Visit Fountains Abbey, a huge 12th Century ruined monastery, now part of a sublime landscape garden with temples, ponds and monuments.
Tour the North York Moors National Park to Castle Howard. This Baroque gem is home to paintings by Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Reynolds.
Day 14. Discover York, shopping and York Minster.
Tour York, enjoy a private walking tour of this great medieval city. The wall surrounding the city contains 45 towers, including the Multangular Tower which is part of the Roman Wall and remains intact despite its age.
Visit York Minster, Europe’s largest Church north of the Alps. Portions of the cathedral’s stained glass dates back to the 12th century. The Great East Window is the largest medieval stained glass in Britain.
Explore the city’s narrow lanes, snickets and famous tea and antique shops.
Day 15. Lincoln and Cambridge.
Lincoln Cathedral is a Gothic triple-towered building that stands out magnificently above the surrounding countryside. The famous stone carved ‘Lincoln Imp’ sits above the Angel Choir.
The university city of Cambridge is full of different architectural styles; Kings College Chapel was founded by King Henry VI and is one of the most impressive Gothic buildings in England. Archaeological evidence links the city to the Roman and Bronze Age.
Return to London.
BMW Grand Tourer
This vehicle is super comfortable for 2 people, touring the countryside on an extended tour or day trip is a breeze. This Grand Tourer has a long wheel base, which means more leg room than your average sedan, higher seating position making getting in out of the car easier. Another nice feature is a full panoramic roof This BMW also has a smooth and quiet ECO engine and a certain amount of style too! Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 handbag sized pieces of luggage.
Our new SUVs are perfect for city and countryside touring. Panoramic roof, large seats and easy access are all key features of our fleet. This vehicle is ideal for long distance touring, especially when including Britain’s National Parks. This vehicle makes easy work of mountain passes, country lanes along with being supremely comfortable. Luggage capacity: 2 medium cases plus 2 small carry-ons.
Our luxury motor coaches can cater for every group size from 21 to 49 passengers. All of our luxury coaches are air-conditioned, have radio/pa systems and are fitted with seat belts. Some have a refrigerator, monitors and washroom facilities. Luggage capacity varies.
This vehicle is ideal for small corporate groups or large families. Large windows, cool boxes and quiet modern engines will enhance the touring experience. These vehicles have 15 passenger seats and rear area with tables. Luggage capacity: 15 medium bags plus carry-ons.
VW & Mercedes-Benz passenger vans
Our range of passenger vans are suitable to fulfil a number of different roles, depending on the number of people travelling, the amount of luggage and the length of the journey. Our Mercedes vans have 7 passenger seats, plenty of head and leg room. Our VW vans have more space and more luggage capacity and therefore are ideal for extended touring with groups up to 7 people. Luggage capacity: 8 medium suit cases plus 2/3 small carry-ons OR 5 large suit cases plus 2/3 carry-ons.
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